Pigmentation, Patchy Skin in Many Forms
January 29, 2017
To look into the issue of pigmentation we spoke with Andrew the owner of Detail Smoother Skin Clinic in Sydney. One of his specialty treatments is using the PicoWay and this is pigmentation removal treatment in Sydney.
What is pigmentation?
Pigmentation can also be referred to as pigmented lesions, these are disturbances in the skin’s colour. Some of the most common concerns in Sydney are age spots, freckles and sun damage. At Detail Smoother skin they use two specialty machines depending on your skin type. The GentleLase Pro and the PicoWay are both medical grade lasers from Syneron-Candela and FDA approved for the treatment of pigmented concerns. The GentleLase Pro targets the melanin content of the skin to even out skin colour and tone and is excellent for lighter skin. The PicoWay is the latest in pigmentation removal for all skin types, light through dark.
What are some of the common names for Pigmented Lesions?
- Freckles on face and chest, referred to as Lentigines.
- Sun spots, age spots, liver spots are classified as Solar Lentigines and are caused by sun exposure.
- Birthmarks which are flat and pigmented, referred to as Café au lait Macules
- Coined the “pregnancy mask”, melasma is caused by hormonal changes often during pregnancy and shows up as grey or brown patches on either side of the face
Some skin types are prone
There are certain skin types that are prone to pigmentation and these are mainly Asian skin or darker skin types. These skin types are also susceptible to acne and later to acne scarring which has lead to a lot of treatments in Sydney for acne scar removal.
In the past darker skin has been a problem for clinics as lasers that create heat through photo thermal activity have often lead to hyper-pigmentation or hypo-pigmentation which are further changes to the skins colouring. The big breakthrough in Sydney has been the introduction of the PicoWay laser. Because the PicoWay does not use heat, it actually uses sound to break up the pigment, there is much less risk of complications or side effects. Smoother Skin has seen excellent results for their melasma treatment in Sydney as well as traditional pigment removal treatments.
Are these treatments safe?
They are safe, all of our devices are FDA approved in the United States of America and TGA approved in Australia for the treatments we are using them on. As a clinic we have very highly trained clinicians who undertake rigorous training before they are able to fire any of our lasers.
What would your advice be for consumers
To take action, too many people suffer from a skin concern but do nothing about it. The first step that anyone needs to make if they believe they have a problem with pigmentation or any other skin concern is to get this looked at by the experts. We offer a free consultation to have your skin assessed and you will then have the information you need to make an informed decision to better your skin. Often it is not the damage or the issue on the skin, it is the problems this causes in confidence, self esteem and so on. The difference we see in customers who have had a tattoo removed or acne scar or cellulite reduced is not so much the physical change (which is what you first notice), but the change to the person and their confidence, their smile. That’s what we love to see at Detail Smoother Skin Clinic in Sydney.
Health, love and happiness – Joanne
The art of tattoo removal
December 29, 2016
Tattoos have always fascinated me, I have always been someone who knew what I wanted once I saw it and tattoos have fallen right into that bucket. It wasn’t until I got a tattoo that was not done the way I wanted that I had to have a look into tattoo removal in Sydney. Before I started looking into getting my tattoo removed, I thought this would be a case of choosing a clinic near me and going for it. How wrong I was!
I have been researching tattoo removal for a while now and even written a couple of pieces for my work. There have been some big changes in tattoo removal industry in the last 2 years that will mean bigger changes to come once these new machines get some momentum.
Here is a picture of my tattoos below. Luckily no one at work knows I have them, because 1) I don’t have to work in the office much, I can work from home and 2) they are always covered with the shirts I wear. As I don’t have my sleeves done, no one will know unless I choose to tell them.
My research lead me to a clinic in Sydney CBD called Tattoo Removal Specialist. I started seeing their Facebook ads a while ago and what interested me was their blog article which were very well written and very well liked (which tends to go hand in hand). I have referenced a couple in this article on different topics.
Probably the most important article I read from them was “The Cost of Laser Tattoo Removal – PicoWay Vs NanoSecond”
One of the biggest mistakes I almost made and many people do when evaluating different tattoo removal providers is looking at the cost per session. If you do this you will see that some providers are a lot more expensive than others. Taking out the wildly cheaper quotes/ prices from dodgy Chinese import machines that will just scar you, there is a big difference between providers. The reason I found out is because of the machines they use.
A Qswitch is an older machine and relies on a lot of heat in the treatment. This machine is the one which you will see a lower cost per treatment. However if you look at the total cost to get a tattoo removed, you will see a lot of treatments needed. So on a Q-switch you will see between 8 and 15+ sessions needed depending on the colours in your tattoo. So if it is $200 per session you could pay $3,000 + all up.
A Picoway is a newer device that uses more photo-acoustic energy or sounds energy. This doesn’t seem like much of a change but sounds energy vs heat energy means less damage to skin. What this means is you can have more treatments, closer together. As the article above explains and gives an example for a black tattoo on Q-switch takes 18 months, on Picoway takes 6 months. A year difference because you can have treatments 2-3 weeks apart as opposed to 6-8 weeks apart on a Q-switch. Very interesting.
Removing part of my tattoo
I don’t actually want to remove all of my tattoo, I just want to remove the owl from the middle, this was not done well and the detail in it is not there. Not sure what I am going to replace it with yet but have 6 months to decide this 🙂
This article I found very helpful in making this decision – “Can I Remove Some Of My Tattoo To Update It? “. What I also found very helpful was their tattoo removal guide, download it, it is a very good read.
So that is about all from me, I have had two sessions already on the Picoway and they have gone really well, only 4 more to go!
Health, love and happiness – Joanne